2012-2013 Ingram New Works Playwrights

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We've got Chemistry - Meet our Ingram New Works Playwrights

We've introduced you to the "weird science" behind our new look for the Ingram New Works Project, now it's time to introduce you to our Ingram New Works Playwrights. Nashville Rep and the Playwrights definitely have some chemistry going on, we hope you work yourself into the equation!

Jennifer Blackmer - Unraveled May 11 & 15, 2013, 7:00 PM

Jennifer Blackmer is a playwright and director, and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Ball State University. Her work has been seen at theatres and museums in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Ball State University, and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, where she serves as Playwright in Residence for the International Theatre in Museums workshop. Recent plays include the first stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, which received a workshop at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival during summer, 2012; O’Neill finalist The Human Terrain (also selected for Playwrights’ Week at The Lark Play Development Center); Elegy No. 5(Manhattan Shakespeare Project Emerging Female Voices); and Delicate Particle Logic (Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, and BAL Productions, NYC).

Other notable work includes directing the American premiere of Cathy Ostlere’s Lost at Indiana Repertory Theatre, and four productions written collaboratively with undergraduates: Daughters of Trinity (Playwrights’ Center and Ball State University); The Human Faustus Project (Indiana Repertory Theatre, CUR Dialogues, and Ball State University); Middletown (Muncie Civic Theatre) and the original film/television/web event Reality TV Bytes (nominated for two Billboard Magazine Digital Entertainment Awards). In 2010, Jennifer received two of Ball State’s most prestigious awards: the Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award. Her articles have appeared in the New England Theatre JournalInsights, and the CUR Quarterly. Jennifer is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the International Museum Theatre Alliance and The Playwrights’ Center.

Nate Eppler - The Future Mrs. - May 8 & 13, 2013, 7:00 PM

Nate Eppler is a playwright and teaching artist based in the southeastern United States. His plays include  Keeping Up With the Joneses (official selection of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival,  Runner-Up National Student Playwriting Award, Larry Riley Rising Star Award, and Chattanooga Theatre Centre New Play Award), LarriesCity of the Dead, and Long Way Down (semi-finalist 2011 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award). Nate is a proud recipient of both the Tennessee Arts Commission Professional Development Support Grant and the Individual Artist Fellowship. Nate is a co-curator of the Ten Minute Playhouse and currently serves as Playwright-in-Residence for the Nashville Repertory Theatre. For more information visit http://nashvillerep.org/ingram-new-works.

Garret Schneider - Ultrasound - May 9 & 12, 2013, 7:00 PM

Garret Schneider was born in Maine, a state where carnivorous moose roam the country side, lobsters attack unwary swimmers, and where modern-technology still has not penetrated.  Plied deep with northeast values and folklore, Garret became a writer.

He found an artistic home at Ohio University, where he directed readings for over 60 of his short plays.  In 2009, Garret presented “On the Weekly Execution and Generation of New Plays at Ohio University” at the Mid-American Theater Conference, a paper deconstructing the new works process at Ohio University.  In 2010, he returned to the conference to present his ten-minute play A Stone’s Throw, in 2011 for his play Call Him 'Gene', and again in 2012 for 'A Small Drop'. Garret is now teaching Algebra in Nashville, TN and incorporating mathematics, education, and science into his next theater project.  The idea of children raising their parents, and exploring the definition of family is at the artistic heart of Garret's work.   For more information, visit www.litpunk.com.

Ingram New Works Playwright Brian D Walker

Brian D. Walker - The Friend Factory - May 10 & 14, 2013, 7:00 PM

Brian Walker is the artistic director of Louisville, Kentucky based Finnigan Productions. He has written and produced several full length plays in the Louisville area, including: Smoke this Playdirty sexy derby playGreat American Sex Play, and my daddy’s name is Big Oil. Brian is the creator ofFinnigan's Festival of Funky Fresh Fun, a 10-minute play festival celebrating Louisville theatre artists, now in its sixth year. Brian's plays have also been seen in Chicago, IL (Appetite Theatre), Albuquerque, NM (FUSION Theatre Company), Baton Rouge, LA (LSU), Madison, WI (StageQ), Cleveland, OH (Arenafest), Detroit, MI (The Ringwald), Houston TX (Theatre Southwest), Omaha, NE (Great Plains Theatre Conference), Brooklyn, NY (Truffle Theatre Company), Lewiston, ME (Bates College), Valdez, AK (Last Frontier Theatre Conference), Berea, KY(Kentucky Playwrights Workshop’s New Play Contest) and Louisville, KY (The Bard’s Town Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Louisville Repertory Theatre). His play fb: a ghost story was one of three finalists for Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2012 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest. He was awarded the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Emerging Artist Award for playwriting by the Kentucky Arts Council in July 2010. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights’ Center and The Kentucky Playwrights Workshop.

Don't miss our 2012-2013 Ingram New Works Playwrights, click here for more information on the Ingram New Works Festival, May 8-18, 2013.

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